Bikes and crafts and Momentum Mag

by Jessie Kwak

Folks, I’ve had a really hard time not telling you all about this, but I didn’t want to say anything lest I jinx it.

But the November/December issue of Momentum Magazine just showed up in my mailbox today, and there on page 23:

Yup! DIY Bike Projects by Jessie Kwak.

(Sorry about the cell phone photos–my camera is officially dead and buried.)

The digital edition isn’t up yet, but you should track down a hard copy anyway–Momentum’s a great magazine, well-designed with tons of fun articles, reviews, etc. Check it out!


Bike crafting link love: leather edition

by Jessie Kwak

Unless you live in the Northwest, you might be wondering where I’ve wandered off to lately. If you live in the Northwest, however, you probably don’t care. You haven’t checked my blog in weeks because you, like me, are outside enjoying our brief window of summer.

Needless to say, I haven’t been wasting precious Vitamin D cooped up inside my sewing studio or blogging. But I was inspired by my little foray into leathercraft last week, and started nosing around the Interwebs for some project inspiration.

Part of my interest stems from my desire to do a full overhaul on my Kona, to turn it from a scrappy sticker-covered bike to something with a bit more style and class. It’ll involve repainting my frame, so if anyone has any thoughts to share on that subject, I’m all ears.

I have a thrifted black suede duster hanging in my closet, just waiting to be turned into bike accessories. There’s enough material there to make a few items—maybe a top tube cover, a saddlebag, a handlebar bag, grips…. Don’t worry: the transformation will be fully documented.

This very cool handlebar bag was designed for a motorcycle, but I think it would work very well on a bicycle. I don’t think the suede I have on hand would have enough stiffness to make such a structured bag, but it’s excellent inspiration.

Here’s a cool personalized touch from The Velo Hobo: an engraved leather head badge.

From Chic Cyclist: personalized leather mudguards will be quite nice once the weather starts to turn back toward rain and mud.

Make your own leather saddle by reupholstering an old saddle with scrap leather. Be sure to scroll down the page to see other people’s examples, including a fun denim one made from a pair of old jeans.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the sunshine, folks!